Great Money Saving Tips For Those Ever- Increasing Air Fares

March 18, 2009 by  
Filed under On Travels

Where distance is concerned, flying is the most economical and practical method of transport cutting your journey in half if not more. Yes, there are definitely more restrictions in terms of hand luggage due to recent events, however, it is still by far, the easiest and safest way to get to your destination.

Undoubtedly, airlines are becoming more expensive with fuel prices going through the roof and the economy in general, facing tough times but if you put the effort in, you can still find ways to reduce your air fares and make the journey less of a financial burden.

Sometimes, comfort has to be sacrificed to a degree. If your journey is not going to be too long, you can book with cheaper, budget airlines and save a packet. Ok, your trip won’t be in the lap of luxury but for a short time it is adequate and you get to your destination just as fast.

Fly from the smaller airports out of town. They are almost always cheaper to fly from, even taking into consideration the expense to get there and most have a direct, shuttle service with a reasonable fare. Be adaptable if possible with your dates and destination and saving money will be easy.

Watch out for added tax on budget flights. They may advertise a ridiculously low price then whack on a huge tax bringing it up considerably. That being said it still, usually works out cheaper but bear in mind for price comparison reasons.

There are consistently certain days of the week which are more expensive to fly than others. Try t avoid these off-peak times as there really are massive savings to be made. Fridays are usually the worst for money saving opportunities. It is great to go on your vacation in the holiday season, however, other times of the year can see a marked reduction in fares as well as other costs.

Book the unsociable hour flights including through the night for further discounts. It might be a little uncomfortable but will help your budget go further. Be prepared to catch connecting flights, again saving money. Ok, your journey will take a bit longer but you will have experienced new countries (even if it is only the airport and a little beyond) into the bargain. Try to enjoy the whole trip and be open-minded.

If you time it just right, you can find out if there are any last minute cancellations and try to get a refund on your existing ticket. O.K maybe this is not the most ethical means of getting a good deal but when times are hard, needs must.

When you fly, be sure to collect your air miles if available, this also applies to your credit card company. Always keep an eye out for any program involving air miles as an incentive, you will be glad you did when it comes to coughing up for your next flight.

When it comes to saving money when flying, it boils down to being flexible, putting the effort into price comparison, leaving no stone unturned and accepting slight discomfort. If you are willing to compromise, paying for your flights should not end in tears.